New CEO & Participation at the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run

CILSF Window Sign Outside the Office

Miami, FL 4/27/17 The Center for Independent Living of South Florida, Inc. (CILSF) is excited to announce its recent hire CEO Peter O’Connell. Mr. O’Connell originally hails from California and the heart of the Disability Rights Movement. His resume includes stops at the University of California of Berkeley and Center for Independent in Berkeley both original and to this day cutting edge institutions of the Independent Living Movement. We are excited that Mr. O’Connell’s is joining the agency and excited to see CILSF’s great future. CILSF would like to invite the community to join the agency at the Mercedes-Benz Corporate run to meet our new CEO and join the agency in promoting independent living for persons with disabilities in the community. CILSF consumers, staff, and board members will be running, walking and rolling to show that with the right skills anyone who wants to can live independently. CILSF is dedicated to teaching persons with disabilities how to improve and maintain independent lives in the community through peer education.

Visit the CILSF booth at the corporate run and enter to win a free to enter iPad. The table is located just south of the Bayfront Park Amphitheatre.  The run on April 27th, 2017 Miami Corporate run will begin at 6:45 PM at the Bayfront Park. The route begins on Biscayne Blvd & SE 1st street, winds through downtown and finally ends on Biscayne Blvd & NE 3rd Street. Parking will be incredibly impacted for the event and people are encouraged to use the MetroMover if at all possible and exit at the Bayfront Park station.

Our goal is to ensure that every person with a disability has all the skills and resources necessary to live independent and integrated lives within the community.

In 2016, CILSF served over 1,500 persons with disabilities in the community. In Miami-Dade County there are over 250,000 individuals with a significant disability. Our goal is to ensure that every person with a disability has all the skills and resources necessary to live independent and integrated lives within the community. We hope that you will join us the corporate run and help spread the word.

About the Center for Independent Living of South Florida, Inc.

Juan teaches a class in ASL

The Center for Independent Living of South Florida, Inc. is registered non-profit 501(c)3 corporation. At CILSF a majority or our staff, management, and Board of Directors are persons with disabilities. CILSF was founded in 1993 to help meet the tremendous needs of the disability community following Hurricane Andrew. Since then, we have grown to provide a variety of services and supports to the disability community in Miami-Dade County ranging from housing assistance, benefits assistance, job skills training, independent living skills training, youth transitions, Deaf education, ASL interpreting and many more.

Federal Judge Extends Florida Voter Registration

A federal court has extended Florida’s voter registration deadline from Tuesday to 5 p.m. ET Wednesday due to Hurricane Matthew’s interruption of last-minute sign-ups.

The US District Court ruling comes after the Florida Democratic Party sued, seeking an additional week due to the “strong likelihood” many of the state’s voters would be “severely burdened” by the hurricane’s fallout in the upcoming election.

Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott had opposed the extension, saying last week that “people have had time to register.”

In court papers, Marc Elias, who serves at the general counsel for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, argued that Scott “unambiguously ordered” Florida citizens to evacuate, and now some voters have been prevented from being able to register which might decrease “the overall likelihood” that the party will be successful in helping to elect Democrats.

Judge Mark E. Walker set a Wednesday hearing on whether to further extend the deadline beyond Wednesday.

“It has been suggested that the issue of extending the voter registration deadline is about politics. Poppycock,” Walker wrote. “This case is about the right of aspiring eligible voters to register and to have their votes counted. Nothing could be more fundamental to our democracy.”

Hurricane Matthew struck the southeastern United States, hitting two states, Florida and North Carolina, that are crucial to determining the outcome of this year’s presidential race.

“Hurricane Matthew not only forced many of those voters to evacuate the state, but also foreclosed the only methods of registering to vote: in person or by mail,” Walker wrote. “Because those aspiring eligible voters could not register, they could not vote in the upcoming election. As a result, Florida’s statutory framework completely disenfranchises thousands of voters, and amounts to a severe burden on the right to vote.”